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General Stage Set

  • We keep the Hurt Locker set
  • We have elements as following: exploded car, broken wall, road blocks, wooden barriers, shatters and fabric, rotating door.
  • We will work on three songs: Tear Me Down (still), Sugar Daddy (video), Hedwig’s Lament (still).

Design by Ellie Lin, Louise S Lessel, Xinyue Li, Hayk Mikayelyan.

Stage model

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Storyboard for chosen songs

I. Tear Me Down

This scene takes us from Hurt Locker’s scene to the stage that Hedwig makes on her own.


Hedwig enters a bomb-crater-like place via parachutes. She can see a exploded car, messy roadblocks and barriers, broken wartime building facades, shatters, and a clear blue sky. She walks around the debris while singing loud.

Walking between walls under clear blue sky


Hedwig goes to the stage entrance door and spray paints on both sides. A man and woman “pieces”. Imagery of the historical Berlin wall is depicted while Yitzhak sings. (This is a setup for the song “The Origin of Love”, where Hedwig will spin the door creating the Bird in Cage Illusion). For now the audience should just view the act of grafittiying the Hurt Locker set, as Hedwig making her mark on the stage.

Rotating door: patterns on two sides
Visual illusion references 


Hedwig marches on the center of her stage. Graffiti appears on the walls besides her, and turn to colorful yet rough walls. Hedwig makes the place her own, because today the Berlin wall is covered in graffiti art.

Colorful walls

II. Sugar Daddy

Now 26 years old Hedwig (Hansel) strikes triumphant pose and realized the opportunity that Luther provides. This song is about power exerted and given up. Hedwig used Luther for Versace blue jeans etc., and Luther indeed bought Hedwig with goods. This is a very upbeat fun song about something more dirty and dark. It’s not really about candy, candy is a metaphor that Hedwig is under the control of power without even noticing the truth. This sweet trap led to her sex change operation, and her life with an angry inch.

Elements in this song: colorful smog, shaking linen, smooshed gummy bears, color explosions, fluid

Elements of this stage: mirror, fabric, floor, projection wall


Hedwig standing still with a triumphant pose and let her submerged in “candies” (candies projected on smog). Gummy bears slide down a shaking linen in a long line just as falling onto bedsheet. Colorful pigment flushing the other static linen fabric in shapes as candies.

Hedwig in smog and gummy bears falling


Blue and black inks flow down along the stage right fabrics to the floor and dyes Hedwig blue and black. More colorful explosion messes the other fabric as well as mirror pieces. The mirrors reflect those color strongly into audiences’ eyes.

Blue and black ink flows and mirrors reflection


The fabrics shake and tighten in beat to the song.

Fabrics shaking

V3 – V4:

Colored ink turns into sticky honey and slowly flows on the floor approaching Hedwig.

Color turns into honey flows onto the floor


Fabrics shake like C1.


Honey continues flowing, the floor gets more and more sticky for Hedwig to get rid of. She gets flooded and trapped.

Hedwig trapped in honey river

V6 – V7:

Hedwig keeps singing when standing in the honey river, spotlight switched between she and Yitzhak (as Luther) when they’re talking to each other. She  tried to get closer to the trap door.

Hedwig stuck in the middle of the honey pool and talking with Luther 


Hedwig licks the honey and takes the ownership of it. She rises up, standing as Venus, and honey starts runs away from the floor.

Hedwig rises up

III. Hedwig’s Lament

Hedwig is broken in this quiet song.

Elements in this song: soft blue color, harsh light, red blood/light district, tightening of the fabrics


Hedwig is standing alone in spotlight in the middle of her stage. People can not see anything except for her.


Red light comes onto the mirror shatters. “Now everyone gets to take a stab.”

Spot light on Hedwig and sparking mirror pieces


Images of her mother, of Luther, of Tommy appeared one by one on the fabrics as they get loose and lighten up. Hedwig walks among those fabrics and when she passes by Tommy’s panel, she spins the door powerfully and extremely bright light goes in and light the whole stage.

When this song finishes, all the fabrics are suddenly tighten for the following song “Exquisite Corpse”. Which is very dramatic, flashy, with strobe light from the rotating door.